128 pp. 8 1/4 in. x 5 in. Soft covers. (PSL, 9. Ely Place, London, EC1N 6SQ. 75p.)
The idea behind this Castrol lubricants-sponsored book is to give newcomers to the sport a clear conception of what it is all about, in all its many aspects, yet to offer the more accustomed reader good entertainment. As the book was compiled by Motor Sport and the stall of its weekly contemporary Motoring News it would be out of place and in poor taste to praise this comprehensive guide. Let us just remark, therefore, that it ranges over the early days of the great motor races (W. Boddy), the set-up of RAC government of the sport and the complex rules applying to it (J. Walton and M. Cotton), the different motor racing formulae, One, Two, Three, 5000, FF, etc. (A. Marriott, A. Henry), and racing from Club events to International GP, Can-Am, Indy and sports-car racing, etc. M. Doodson, Cotton, Marriott and Henry).
In addition to these instructive chapters D.S.J. recalls his Mille Miglia ride with Moss in 1955 in the SLR Mercedes-Benz, W.B. writes of current vintage and historic car racing, rallying is covered by G.P., Michael Tee tells you about passengering beside Bruce McLaren in a 180 m.p.h. 7.1-litre McLaren-Chevrolet (“the finest way to see a motor race…”), Marriott answers the questions of those aspiring to be tomorrow’s professional racing drivers, as does Henry, while other well-known writers deal with hill-climbing, autocross, rallycross, sprints, slaloms, autotests, trials, etc. Good pictures, both drawings and photographs, carry the text along and the book contains useful data on circuits and clubs. One has to thank Castrol that all this information is obtainable for a mere 75p. The book can be obtained from the Motor Sport offices, Standard House, Bonhill Street, London, EC2, as well as the usual sources.—W. B.